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Ethnic minority board test for NHS

NHS England has set out a new standard which requires the health service to demonstrate how it has progressed on measures of workforce equality

The NHS will be assessed on whether people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds are represented on hospital boards, health officials have said.

Martinez: Big fee won't affect Rom

Romelu Lukaku signed a five-year contract with the Toffees on Wednesday night

Everton may have smashed their transfer record to sign striker Romelu Lukaku but manager Roberto Martinez insists the fee is irrelevant if the player fulfils his potential.

Cook savours win but remains calm

Alastair Cook felt the whole England team contributed to the third Test win over India

England's celebrations were deserved yet muted after they at last broke their long winless streak against India at the Ageas Bowl.

Actor Kenny Ireland dies at 68

Kenny Ireland's roles included playing ageing swinger Donald Stewart in ITV comedy series Benidorm

A ctor Kenny Ireland, whose roles have included playing the ageing swinger Donald Stewart in ITV comedy series Benidorm, has died at the age of 68.

Doubts over value of mid-life MOTs

The 'mid-life MOTs' check on patients in a bid to provide early detection of many ailments

Illnesses detected during the NHS's "mid-life MOT" could be "equally well detected" without the check-up, researchers have suggested.

Wonder Whitlock wins third gold

Max Whitlock is enjoying a dream Commonwealth Games

England's Max Whitlock won his third gold of the Commonwealth Games as he was crowned men's floor champion at the SSE Hydro on Thursday.

Death in custody figures soaring

The number of prison deaths in custody has risen considerably

The number of prisoners who died in custody jumped by nearly a quarter in the year to March to reach its highest level for almost a decade, official figures show.

Bolt on mission to thrill Scots

Usain Bolt has been putting in the hard yards ahead of his Commonwealth Games bow

Usain Bolt is set to win back Glaswegian hearts on Friday night when he finally takes to the Hampden Park track for the heats of the 4 x 100 metres.

Shortcomings in response times

Ambulances are expected to respond to critical cases within eight minutes

Ambulances in three regions of England are "failing" to get to some of the most critical patients on time, new figures suggest.

Crash victim family in mobiles plea

Undated handout photo issued by Cambridgeshire Constabulary of 31-year-old Marina Usaceva who has been jailed for six years at Peterborough Crown Court after she crashed her Jaguar X-Type into the back of a Peugeot 206 killing the driver Sukhdeep Singh Johal near Wisbech, Cambridgeshire on March 15 last year, examinations of her phone later found that she had sent and received texts and calls on two separate phones shortly before the crash. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday July 31, 2014. See PA story COURTS Mobile . Photo credit should read: Cambridgeshire Constabulary/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The family of a man killed by a "remorseless" driver who was using two mobile phones at the wheel have pleaded with others not to repeat her stupidity.

Transsexual loses pension battle

A transsexual has lost her High Court fight to retire at the age of 60 as she is still considered a man under the law

A transsexual's claim to be entitled to receive the female state pension at the age of 60 has been rejected by the Court of Appeal.

Morrison remanded in custody

Ravel Morrison will remain in custody until August 7

West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of punching and slapping his ex-girlfriend and her mother.

Ravel Morrison remanded in custody

Footballer Ravel Morrison was remanded in custody until August 7

Premier League footballer Ravel Morrison has been remanded in custody after appearing in court accused of punching and slapping his ex-girlfriend and her mother.

England level series

Moeen Ali took six wickets to help England record victory

Moeen Ali and James Anderson led England's surge to a series-levelling 266-run victory with more than two sessions to spare in the third Investec Test against India.

Hoare appointed new Ofsted chairman

There were accusations by the Liberal Democrats that former education secretary Michael Gove was trying to politicise the job

Businessman David Hoare has been selected as the new chairman of schools regulator Ofsted, finally ending a furious Coalition row over the appointment.

Violent robber missing from prison

Wayne Whitley was serving a life sentence for a series of violent armed robberies

A violent armed robber has absconded from open prison in another blow for the Government on a day of damning revelations for the Prison Service.